Nearly 300,000 new titles are published each year, and that doesn’t even include self-published titles. How on Earth can an author make her work stand out amidst all that noise? In today’s highly saturated book market, a strong publicity and marketing campaign requires that authors have a solid platform to get the kind of attention necessary for sales. Whether you want to work with a publisher or you’re publishing yourself, a platform will lift you closer to success. But what is a platform, how is it used, and how do you build one? How does it affect your book deal, or whether you get one at all? How does it help you sell more books? This talk will reveal how acquiring editors and agents think about the projects they’re considering and give you the edge you need to get your book published and sold.
WHEN: May 26, 6:45pm-8:45pm
WHERE: C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., in Frederick.
The meeting room is on the first floor directly in front of you as you walk in the door, next to rest rooms. For directions and parking information, visit the library’s website or call (301) 600-1630.
Many thanks to chapter president Linda Alexander for inviting me! Here’s what she had to say:
I’ve received wonderful comments on your presentation—everyone was quite impressed. I certainly was. Your talk last night gave me great ideas as to how to rearrange and beef up what I have so I can approach bigger publishers with an already-established presence AND publishing history. After hearing you speak last night, I’m feeling more positive on all this than I have in a long time, and I thank you for your great words of wisdom.—Linda Alexander, MWAF President, author of Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood, & Communism
Founder of The Writer’s Ally, Ally E. Machate is a bestselling book collaborator, award-winning editor, and expert publishing consultant who loves using her insider knowledge and experience with the publishing industry to lead serious authors toward success. She and her team live to help make great books happen, whether that means showing a writer how to improve a manuscript, get an agent, or self-publish; or coaching an author on growing her platform to sell more books. Since 1999, she has supported hundreds of authors on their publishing journey and takes pride in serving as their books’ best ally.